We’ve done it again! My blogging friends and I have joined together to bring you another DIY challenge and this time we’ve added a few new faces! Just like last time with the Great Crate Challenge, we were to take one specific item and each make it our own. This time we were each challenged to put our own spin on some craft pumpkins from Michael’s. This was so much fun and I am blown away by the creations that my buddies came up with. Be sure to check out the links to their projects at the end of the post.

Pick Your Pumpkin Challenge | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

I decided to go a little glam with mine and attempted an ombre gold leaf and glitter design. It didn’t turn out exactly as I envisioned but it’s close and I still think it looks pretty darn cool. Bling! Bling!

Gold Leaf & Glitter Pumpkins | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE


  • White craft pumpkins from Michael’s (or any color pumpkins and some white paint)
  • Gold leaf paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam craft brush
  • Gold leaf sheets
  • Gold glitter
Gold Leaf & Glitter Pumpkins | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

I wanted my gold leaf to fade into gold glitter and then the white of the pumpkin. My local Michael’s was all out of white pumpkins so I just snagged some orange ones and gave them a coat of white paint.

Gold Leaf & Glitter Pumpkins | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Once that was dry, I painted liquid gold leaf onto the bottom third of the pumpkins and let it dry completely. Let me tell you, that stuff is stinky! I wanted to have a gold background behind the gold leaf sheeting just in case the pumpkin part showed through.

Gold Leaf & Glitter Pumpkins | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

Next I began the painstaking task of applying the gold leaf. I brushed a light layer of Mod Podge over the gold leaf paint with the craft brush and began applying the gold leaf sheets in little sections. This was the hardest part of the whole project. The gold leaf is so delicate and sticky. Especially if your fingers are covered in Mod Podge, which they will be. Trust me. I just tried to gently lay a piece of gold leaf over the Mod Podge and then gently patted it into place with the foam brush. The excess Mod Podge on the brush will help to keep the sheet in place.

Gold Leaf & Glitter Pumpkins | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

When the gold leaf was dry, I brushed another light layer of Mod Podge over the part where the gold leaf meets the white of the pumpkin. Then I carefully sprinkled on the glitter. I let that dry and then repeated the same process, starting where that layer of glitter met the white of the pumpkin, except this time I sprinkled on an even lighter layer of glitter. This was how I tried to achieve the ombre look.

Once that was all dry, I brushed on a light layer of Mod Podge over the entire pumpkin so that the glitter and gold leaf would be set and not flake off. I let that dry completely and then painted the stems with the gold leaf paint. For the pumpkin on the right, I went more glittery and the pumpkin on the left is more gold leaf.

Gold Leaf & Glitter Pumpkins | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE
Gold Leaf & Glitter Pumpkins | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE
Gold Leaf & Glitter Pumpkins | LITTLE RED BRICK HOUSE

This was definitely a process and if you’re thinking of trying it, I recommend exercising a lot of patience. Also, when using the gold leaf paint, I suggest using it outside in a well ventilated area. That stuff will make you higher than a kite.

Don’t forget to head over to see what each of my buddies did with their pumpkins!

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  1. I absolutely love how your pumpkins turned out! I have been wanting to try gold leaf for a while now, but it sort of intimates me. I like ombre look!

    1. Thank you, Shonee! It is a little intimidating but you just gotta get in there and show that gold leaf who’s boss! 🙂

  2. I adore this idea. There are so many pumpkin tutorials out there, but this one really caught my eye. Thanks for the warning about getting high from the paint 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jamie! LOL. It was so bad. I had to use it in my garage and even then I kept stepping away every few minutes to catch some fresh air.

  3. Oh my gosh! I have to try to make these! I love festive pumpkins like this! Thanks for sharing! Stopping in from the link up today 🙂

  4. These are TOTALLY awesome!!! I really want them. I don’t know if I have the patience for the gold leaf and mod podge process so could you just whip some up for me and fed ex them over? TIA! 😉 Awesome job, Sarah!

  5. Great job, Sarah! I absolutely love how these turned out! I am with Kristi, I just might head to the craft store again to buy another pumpkin so I can make one of these! So Glam!

  6. This is so creative! I am falling in love with gold for fall. Such a great way to bring in the season.

    1. Thank you, Emily! I usually don’t go for gold, but this year my tastes are changing and it is growing on me!

  7. Oh my gosh, I think these are my absolute fave (you know how much I love gold and glitter!)! What a clever clever idea. I’ve never tried gold-leafing anything before, but I’m sorely tempted now, even though It sounds like a messy project! 🙂

    1. Ha! Ha! Thank you so much, Erica! It was a little messy but it wasn’t too bad. Just make sure you’re not in a rush and you’ll be fine.

  8. I feel your pain with the gold leaf! I recently used it on a project and it’s a pain in the buns! But these turned out beautifully, my friend! Love the white and gold 🙂

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